I have an 88 honda accord lx regular carb. type engine. Trying to figure out whether or not it has a v tech head or a standard one. Was told to rebuild the standard head would cost $150.00 but if it was the v tech head it would cost $300.00. How can I tell the difference so I don't get the shaft. Also need to know the tightening torque and sequence of the head bolts.
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Re: replacing head gasket
Start in middle and work outwards left right left right with the bolts ,torque ??easy start with a rachet which will allow about 40lbs then a snap on knuckle bar till you can feel bolts stretch.as to type of head???is it 8 valve or 16??16 valve dearer to do
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You just have to try it. The best thing to do is try adjusting the valves. The settings are under the hood. They valves should be pretty close to what the clearances should be. If any are WAY LOOSE you may have a bent valve. If they seem OK, replace the belt. Be sure to replace the balancer belt also.
The idle speed for my 88 accord lx is 700-850 rpm for standard idle speed. The stalling is a seperate issue. When were plugs, wires, air/gas filters and distributor last checked? How long has engine been running for when you stall? Is the temprature gauge high? Any lights coming on when stall occurs? I am not a mechanic, but a DYI'er. These are common questions I am always asked when troubleshooting my Honda. :)
White smoke out of the exhaust is one indication that the head gasket is blown. Another is to start the car and check the oil on the dipstick. If it's frothy or looks like a milkshake, this is another indication of a blown head gasket. The milky appearance indicates that coolant is in your engine, caused by a bad head gasket. If none of these symptoms occur, then the problem lies elsewhere. Hope this answers your question and feel free to post back with any other concerns or questions. Thank you.
Sounds like your timing belt is one tooth off on the cam, this I have seen before especially if it is a twin overhead cam. One tooth off will make it idle really low when stopping at the light especially if the engine is warm.